Mark Masaoka

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Mark Masaoka

Template:TOCnestleft Mark Masaoka works in the Greater Los Angeles Area - ‎Policy Coordinator - ‎Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council.

A lwading activist in Nikkei Progressives.

Statement on Anti Blackness in the DSA

Statement on Anti Blackness in the DSA was released in February 2021:

We as the AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus stand in solidarity with the Black woman in DSA North Texas who was wrongfully suspended by DSA North Texas Co-chairs. This action by the DSA North Texas Co-chairs is racist and in particular anti-Black. This is not an isolated incident of racism but represents a pattern of anti-black and white supremacist actions within DSA which must be acknowledged, held accountable and systematically rooted out. There is a pattern of anti-black behavior that stems from the founding of DSA North Texas that has led to each generation of Co-chairs either perpetuating or being complicit in anti-black racism.

Signatories included Mark Masaoka Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America .[1]

Yes on 15 Back to School Phonebank

Ryan Andrews August 28 2020·


Join DSA-LA and YDSA🚨TOMORROW🚨for our Yes on 15 Back to School Phonebank ft. guest speakers Carlos Callejo, Cal Poly Pomona student and YDSA member, Wade Kyle, UTLA Political Action Committee of Educators (PACE) Chair, and Arlene Inouye, UTLA Secretary and Bargaining Co-Chair!

Ryan Andrews is with Yunyi and Nina Eliasoph, Arlene Inouye, Sarah Squirm, Noriko Nakada, Alberto Saavedra, Rocio Rivas, Jenny Chung, Phylis Hoffman, Erika Feresten, Michael Lumpkin, Jorge Castaeda, Elizabeth Untalan, Kristina Meshelski, Brian Dionisi, Pilar Schiavo, Haley Potiker, Anabel Nevarez Ruvalcaba, Ezra Pugh, Jason Boxer, Mark Masaoka, Douglas McBride, Tal Levy, Abigail Gutmann-Gonzalez, Aisha Stars, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Barry Eidlin, Keith Brower Brown, Ankur Patel, Jesus Hermosillo, Jenni Chang, Brenden Gallagher, Alex Kliner, Charlotte Ariel, Meagan Day, Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, Lucia Garcia, Michelle Antoinette Boley, Alejandro Pina, Vanessa Castro Scott, Anitra Wetzel, Jim Smith, Steve Seal, Fernando Ramirez, Nicky Martin, Michelle Ching, Bill Barclay, Jamie Penn, Xavier Santos, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Marc Bender, Casey Ramirez, Kat Nathalie, Annaly V. Medrano, Hannah Klein, Peter Mathews, Bill Barrett, Gabe Gabrielsky, Alan Minsky, Reggie Wong, Armin Mah, Cyn Huang, Janet Hurtado, Robert Mejia, Imani Beckett, Erika Alvarez, Juan Gutierrez, Angelica Duenas, Will Shattuc, Daniel Dominguez, Rosa Diaz, Henry Huerta, Mario Valenzuela, Josh Smith, Hannah Kessel, Diane Hirsch-garcia, Carlos Amador, Alex Wolinetz, Karla Aviles Griego, Ben Hauck, Alyssa Stonoha, Marlin Medrano, Melissa Arredondo, Marc Baca, Jordan Greenslade, Joel Greenfield, Kyle Gregory, Leslie Simon, Jasmine Ivy, Sean Broadbent, Cheng-Sim Lim, Hae Min Cho, Hai-ching Cheah, Marcy Winograd Maikiko James.

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Mark Masaoka, unit leader Van Nuys auto assembly plant, UAW local 645 Los Angeles California. .

AA Movement group

Eric Mar, May 1, 1998.


I think this is a Ryan Suda - black lava design, but I could be wrong. [Mooko says the artist is Phloe Pontaoe who did this for Black Lava]

More on the history of the AA Movement group - — with Emily P. Lawsin, Kathy Masaoka, Mark Masaoka, Glenn Omatsu, George McKinney, D Rikio Mooko, Ryan Suda, Kim Geron, SunHyung Lee, Kye Liang, Scott Kurashige and Michael Liu at UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

"Revolution in the Air"

Saturday, May 7, 2005 University of California, Santa Barbara UCEN Conference Center.

Roundtable: Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to the Factories, Steel Milles and Auto Plants

Moderator: Kerry Taylor, University of North Carolina Roundtable:

This event is part of the 31st Annual Southwest Labor Studies Conference sponsored by the Southwest Labor Studies Association and the Labor and Working Class History Association. This year’s conference theme is "Labor in Protest: The Legacy of the 1960s for the U.S. Labor Movement."[2]


Mark Masaoka is a member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

Bernie 2020 Working Group supporters


Katrina Bergstrom July 27 2019·

DSA-LA members!

You should have received a link last night to vote for the creation of DSA-LA’s Bernie 2020 Working Group - please vote YES today!

Voting is open for one week. ... See More — with Alex Wolinetz, Amarnath Ravva, Zenaida Huerta, Angelica Duenas, Olivia Gamboa, Shawnee Badger, Wendy Fagioli Ruiz, Marlin Medrano, Bobbie McGowan, Joshua Smith, Henry Huerta, Ezra Pugh, Lisa Kendall, Jeanna Harris, Kristina Meshelski, Nick Roth, Erika Feresten, Tina Fredericks, Jeanine Rohn, Jane Demian, Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla, Andrew Swetland, Aaron Balanta Holloway, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Josh Goodman, Isaac Lieberman, Ankur Patel, Sophie Eupp, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Chris Roth, Taiji Miyagawa, Symone Baptiste, Gabe Gabrielsky, Reed Heisley-Shellaby, Rachel Miller, Jack Suria Linares, Jeremy White, Mason Mineo, Gabbi Pierce, Rebecca Prediletto, Don Ward, Mark Masaoka, Rachel Reyes, Jessica Salans, Nina Eliasoph, Francisco Cendejas, Una Lee Jost, Paul Song, Don Irwin, Chris Myers, Charles Du, Eugene Pesikov, Katrina Bleckley, Kat Valentine, Rob Quan, Jenni Chang, Tom Pike, Evan Geary and Maikiko James.

SoCal Bernie supporters

Katrina Bergstrom September 27 2019·

We are canvassing for Bernie this weekend from 10am-2pm in East Hollywood, North Hollywood and West LA, anybody who canvasses gets a free limited edition Bernie pin! RSVP HERE:


Which one is your favorite? — with Erika Alvarez, Megan Svoboda, Jessica Ann Bourque, Amarnath Ravva, Erika Feresten, Paul Song, Jeanine Rohn, Paul Krehbiel, Jane Demian, Karlenea Brown, Betty Doumas, Nicky Martin, Charles Du, Eric Wimer, Daniela Urso, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Max Goldberg, Jenni Chang, Maikiko James, Jeanna Harris, Will Shattuc, Michael Stenovec, Kyle Gaan, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Brenda Gutierrez, Steve Askin, Mason Mineo, Olivia Gamboa, Shawnee Badger, Wendy Fagioli Ruiz, Sergio Davila, Marlin Medrano, Mark Masaoka, Ben Hauck, Alex Wolinetz, Carrie Scoville, Joshua Smith, Henry Huerta, Tim Johnson, Staci O'Neal-Robinson, Steve Couch and Phillip Kim.

2019 DSA-LA National Convention Delegates Candidates

DSA-LA has 47 delegate spots available and have received 69 candidate submissions. Due to the large number of candidates and slots, this ballot is using Approval Voting rather than block voting: vote for as many candidates as you feel comfortable representing DSA-LA at the convention. Voting will close on June 15th at 11:59pm. Should delegates be unable to attend the convention for any reason, they will be replaced by delegate alternates in order of votes.

Candidates included Mark Masaoka.

Socialist Majority Caucus

DSA's Socialist Majority Caucus signatories list as of April 25 2019 included Mark Masaoka of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.

2018 DSA NEC members


New National Electoral Committee Members, as of May 18, 2018 are Abdullah Younus NYC, Adam Parsons Columbus, AJ Reed Quad Cities, Alex Nagle Philadelphia, Allie Cohn Knoxville, Austin Binns Philadelphia, Christine Riddiough Metro DC, Christian Bowe Lansing, David Greve Pittsburgh, Dele Balogun Chicago, Devin McManus NYC, Felicia Hamilton Boulder, Jason Clayton Metro DC, Jessica M. Culbertson Akron, Katrina Bergstrom Los Angeles, Keaton Slansky Seattle, Lucas Perez-Leahy Omaha, Mark Masaoka Los Angeles, Peter Simon Denver, Rachel Reyes Los Angeles, Renee Paradis NYC, Sarah Ganong Central Connecticut, Spencer Chan Chicago, Tascha Van Auken NYC, Yesenia Padilla San Diego.

Working for Cisneros

In 2018 Mark Masaoka was a campaign volunteer for Gil Cisneros.

As heavily Democratic as Asian Pacific Americans are in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles—that is how heavily Republican APAs are in Orange County (OC). Of Orange County’s 13 state legislators, five are APA Republicans, as are three of the County’s five Supervisors.

But following Trump’s election, outrage over his racist and anti-working people policies spurred a small but emerging trend of new electoral activism. About seven APA Democrats entered the OC primaries for local, state and congressional offices. OC is 14% APA, with some districts as the CA Congressional 39th are almost 30% APA that at one point had two APA primary candidates. For the November election, a Latino Democrat, Gil Cisneros and Young Kim, the Republican Korean American immigrant and former Assemblywoman vied for the congressional seat vacated by Republican Ed Royce. To Cisneros’ credit he hired two APA staffers; none of the other Democratic Congressional candidates hired APA staff. I was a volunteer in the Cisneros campaign.
Cisneros campaign outreach to APAs was difficult particularly with Korean Americans but the campaign fared better at Cal State Fullerton. Much of the loyalty to Republicans and Trump was based on religious and cultural issues. Abortion and the elimination of male/female restrooms were frequently cited. Young Kim as a senior aide to the sitting Congressman and as a former Assembly Member, had integrated herself well into the local events of the Korean and APA communities in and around the District.
The new participation of APAs in OC Democratic campaigns received notice, including two articles in the LA Times. Cisneros convened a meeting between a group of his APA supporters and Gavin Newsom. The APAs briefed Newson on the challenges facing APA Democrats in OC, and pressed him to have the California Democratic Party commit resources to help. Newsom said it was eye-opening to him, given his experiences in San Francisco. Significantly, many of the new APA activists are interested in strengthening the networks that began in this election. Of these, the younger are more progressive.

Mark Masaoka is a member of Nikkei Progressives, Progressive Asian Network in Action and the Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

Chinese American small business tour

October 29, 2018 Hacienda Heights, Calif​. – On Saturday morning, Gil Cisneros, Fmr. Lieutenant Commander who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District, conducted a Chinese American small business tour with Assemblymember Ed Chau (AD-49). Afterwards, they were joined by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Treasurer John Chiang, along with Asian American community leaders for a small luncheon on how to be a better partner to the AAPI community.

“Everyone deserves to have their voice and needs heard. Both our society and our government works better when we are inclusive and working together within our communities,” said Cisneros. “I believe the diverse communities of the 39th, including both the Latino and Asian American Pacific Islander communities, is one of our greatest strengths. While the AAPI Community is often treated as one monolithic community, I take great pride in learning about each AAPI communities’ unique interests and values. The Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, and I enjoyed our fruitful discussion with Asian American leaders from both the nonprofit and civic activist community. When elected, I promise to continue to learn more about and be an effective partner with the AAPI community.”

The Cisneros campaign is running one of the most robust AAPI Outreach programs in the country with an AAPI Outreach Department of six staffers, including the only Chinese American campaign manager on a Red to Blue race in the country. The campaign is running a comprehensive digital outreach program to the Chinese and Korean community, and in language mail and walk pieces for the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Filipino communities.


Left to Right: Mark Masaoka, Tammy Kim, Gino Kwok, Katie Kalvoda, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Gil Cisneros, Treasurer John Chiang, Assemblymember Ed Chau, Mary Anne Foo, Shikha Bhatnagar, Grace Barrios, Ellen Ahn.